Jen Psaki Dodges Question From ABC’s Jon Karl About Whether Cuomo Represents ‘Gold Standard For Leadership’

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question Sunday morning from ABC’s Jon Karl about whether Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo still represents “the gold standard for leadership during the pandemic.”

Cuomo has come under increasing scrutiny of late for implementing a policy early on in the pandemic that forced nursing homes to accept patients who were positive for COVID-19 and for his administration’s handling of data regarding nursing home deaths.

During a Sunday morning interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Karl played a clip of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden last spring calling Cuomo’s leadership “sort of the gold standard.”

“Now we’ve seen that Governor Cuomo has allegedly undercounted nursing home deaths, misled legislators in New York,” Karl said. “So does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the gold standard when it comes to leadership on the pandemic?”

“Well, Jon, we work with Governor Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country,” Psaki responded. “He’s also chair of the NGA, so he plays an important role in e... (Read more)